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Robert St. Martin Westley

LOCHEF Professor of Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar
BA, with honors distinction, 1984, Northwestern University; JD, 1992, University of California at Berkeley; MA, 1986, MPhil, 1987, PhD, 1993, Yale University

E-mail:  rwestley@tulane.edu
Telephone:  504.862.8801
Office:  Weinmann Hall, Room 259-G


Professor Westley joined the Tulane faculty in 1995 after completing his PhD in philosophy. His dissertation topic was "Fourteenth Amendment Jurisprudence: Race and the Rights of Groups."  While at Yale, Professor Westley was a recipient of a Mellon Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities.  After receiving his PhD, he served as President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Diego.  His research and teaching interests are in the fields of critical race theory, constitutional law, philosophy of law, and the legal profession.  In 1997, he chaired the Ninth Annual Critical Race Theory Workshop, a working meeting of young legal scholars addressing issues concerning communities of color; the workshop was held at Tulane.  He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers.

Fall 2016 - Legal Profession; Law & Literature Seminar 
Spring 2016 - Constitutional Law: 14th Amendment; Critical Race Theory Seminar

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Historicizing Critical Race Theory's Cutting Edge: Key Movements that Performed the Theory, in CROSSROADS, DIRECTIONS, AND A NEW CRITICAL RACE THEORY (F. Valdes, J. Culp and A. Harris, eds., Temple Univ. Press forthcoming) (2002)
Critical Race Coalitions: Key Movements that Performed the Theory, 33 U. C. DAVIS L. REV. 1377 (2000)
First-Time Encounters: “Passing” Revisited and Demystification as a Critical Practice, 18 YALE J. L. & SOC. POL'Y 297 (2000)
LatCrit Theory and the Problematics of Internal/External Oppression: A Comparison of Forms of Oppression and InterGroup/IntraGroup Solidarity, 53 UNIV. OF MIAMI L. REV. 761 (1999)
Many Billions Gone: Is it Time to Reconsider the Case for Black Reparations?, 40 B.C. L. REV. 429 (1998)
Introduction to Panel Two: Races, Nationalities, Ethnicities: Mapping LatCrit (Dis)Continuities, 2 HARV. LATINO L. REV. 243 (1997)
White Normativity and the Racial Rhetoric of Equal Protection, in EXISTENCE IN BLACK (L. Gordon ed., Routledge 1996)

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